I was so in love with learning that at the end of each school year, the teachers would send me home with extra copies of worksheets we had done all year. I would do these all summer long, along with workbooks my parents purchased. Before the first week of summer vacation was over, I had already checked out half a dozen books from the library. And I counted down the days to the open house, when I would learn who my new teacher would be.
The first fall that I did not prepare to return to classes, I felt an aching sensation. I felt lost; nearly 20 years of my existence revolved around the newness of fall classes starting. I still feel a little sad when school starts. I wish I was in school again. Oh, I do not miss the drama or the mean girls, the homecoming queens or the quarterbacks. Nor do I miss the blue books or the high cost of textbooks. But I do miss the order and structure that comes with being in school. I often think of returning to college or graduate school, in a variety of subjects, just because I love structured education so much. For now, I will settle for reading 200 books a year, but who knows what the future may hold.
Whether you loved school, or hated it, whether it was elementary, high school, or college, whether a student or a teacher, school was, and still is, an inevitable force in all our lives. So here is a playlist to help you ease the transition back to school.